Guest post by Douglas Turner, Coordinator of Group Life
As we all begin to think about returning to on-site worship, there are many things the church continues to work through. With all the discussions, prayers and reflections on what is best for our church family, I am reminded of this one thing—what a great opportunity for us to just worship and grow a little differently!
Our Scripture focus this year at Christ Church is Acts 2:36-47, and one part that always stands out to me is: “Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47)
Now, we haven’t been able to physically meet together, but we have found a way to worship our God another way. It has warmed my heart to hear the reports from Sunday school classes meeting by Zoom. Eva Lang, a Messengers class attendee, said that former class members who have moved out of state are now getting the opportunity to tune in to their old Sunday school class via Zoom. What a great way to stay connected! One Sunday, I dropped in on the Seekers Zoom call to hear an outstanding lesson from Hank Shelton while his background was the Holy Land! I love the creativity!
Virtual Community Life Groups have been another excellent way to connect to others you might not normally meet. Some who have never felt comfortable attending a small group session are stepping out and calling in to a group online. Many people find a need for that community and have found a way to grow closer to God through these calls. Larger classes have decided to split up and do a separate lesson on a different night of the week.
Emily Richardson and her family joined the church recently, and here’s what she said, “Being semi new to Christ Church, I enjoyed getting to know each other a little deeper. Not that being in the actual Sunday school class doesn’t allow for that bond, but I feel like I have a more personal relationship with the ladies now. I feel like being at home in your own comfort zone made it easier to open up.”
Lastly, for the past couple of weeks a group has met together to hold a church service in a driveway. One member stated how nice it was to be outside in a relaxed atmosphere around friends and growing in Christ together during this very odd time.
I feel like one of the many things we can learn from all of this is that everyone has a different way to get connected. My hope is that everyone is finding a way to stay connected now and that this allows us to learn how to be a better community when we return.